Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Dulorme Wins Decision, Hands Mayfield First Loss

by David P. Greisman

Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City - It wasn’t pretty at all, but Thomas Dulorme got the result he needed — a unanimous decision win over fellow junior-welterweight contender Karim Mayfield, a victory that Dulorme’s team hopes will land him a shot at 140-pound titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov this June, or at least another appearance on HBO.

The scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94.

Dulorme was just 22 years old when he suffered an upset loss to tough welterweight Luis Carlos Abregu in October 2012. That led to a gradual drop down to the 140-pound division, with Dulorme weighing in at 143 pounds, 144, then 141 and 142 pounds in his next four appearances. All of those were wins, leading the now-24-year-old into this fight with Mayfield, a 33-year-old whose best win was an October 2012 decision over Mauricio Herrera.

Dulorme used distance and his speed well in the opening round, moving away before Mayfield could throw, and landing a left hook over Mayfield’s right hand. The left hook landed a couple more times for Dulorme, though Mayfield also was able to land a couple of good punches during a pair of Dulorme’s own approaches.

Dulorme briefly turned southpaw in the third round and got caught with a good right hand from Mayfield. Toward the end of the round, Mayfield threw a few chopping right hands, and then Dulorme landed a left hook at the bell. It was a moment that could’ve led to some extracurricular ugliness, given the brawl that had occurred at Friday’s weigh-in after Mayfield leaned his head down to Dulorme’s chest and neck, and Dulorme then grabbed Mayfield’s neck.

Instead, they touched gloves and went to their respective corners. The ugliness would come soon, and in a different form.

Beginning in the fourth, the fight broke down into a bunch of clinching and holding, a tactic that Mayfield has been criticized for in the past, but one that Dulorme was also to blame for in this bout, something he turned to due to Mayfield’s awkward approaches and smothering movement.

It was no surprise, then, that heads clashed. Dulorme suffered a cut on the left side of his head in the seventh round. And in the eighth, Dulorme landed a pair of low blows on Mayfield, with referee Steve Smoger indicating that Mayfield had been pushing down on Dulorme’s head.

The CompuBox statistics provided a good glimpse into the lack of effective offense in this fight, both in quantity and quality. Mayfield averaged just 28 punches per round and Dulorme 30, half of the division average of 60.3.

Mayfield was credited with landing just 61 of 284 punches on the night, a 21 percent connect rate, and about 6 punches landed per round. In terms of power shots, he was 36 of 169, also just 21 percent. Dulorme, meanwhile, was credited with going 83 of 308 on the night, a 27 percent connect rate, and about 8 punches landed per round. Of those, he was 49 of 135 with power shots, a 36 percent connect rate.

Dulorme, of Carolina, Purto Rico, is now 21-1 (14 KOs).

“I thought he was much improved,” said Gary Shaw, Dulorme’s promoter, immediately afterward. “His movement was improved. Good jab. He fought smart. I would’ve liked him to throw more body punches.”

Mayfield, 33, of San Francisco, is now 18-1-1 (11 KOs). The draw was a technical draw much earlier in his career.

“I thought I fought a good fight,” Mayfield said afterward. “It could’ve gone either way. He was the better man tonight and I take my hat off to him. The low blows hurt a little bit, but I can’t use that as an excuse. I was OK after the breather.”

Pick up a copy of David’s new book, “Fighting Words: The Heart and Heartbreak of Boxing,” at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsamazon or internationally at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsworldwide. Send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Derranged on 03-30-2014

For those saying Dulorme fought scared, Mayfield didn't exactly seem too eager to risk getting hit himself, which is why he spent much of the fight on the outside.

Comment by Mr.Fantastic on 03-30-2014

Time for the bandwagons to hop back on it. LOL

Comment by thatdudespits on 03-30-2014

Dulor me didn't look great, he should have let his hands go more. That can actually be said for both fighters. That being said, if someone is coming in head first and is so close to you that you can…

Comment by daggum on 03-30-2014

hopefully hbo doesn't show the incredible clinging man again. this is one fighter you hope showtime steals from you.

Comment by PeterNeversoft on 03-30-2014

Steve Smoger needs to pay attention. Seems to be in his own little world.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (43)
Top Headlines Lipinets Awaiting Mandatory Shot at Burns vs. Indongo Winner Lara Willing to Face Jermell Charlo Next in Unification Fight Stevenson: Andre Ward Wants To Milk His Titles Before Facing Me Sam Eggington Embraces Idea of Facing Paulie Malignaggi in NY Julius Indongo, Ricky Burns Expect Fireworks in Glasgow Wood Updates On Flanagan, Fitzgerald; Confirms Ajisafe Capture Dashon Johnson vs. Ricardo Pinell Tops Emerald Casino Card Arum Agrees With Mayweather Rejecting White's $25 Million Offer Video: Paulie Malignaggi Talks Future, Canelo-Chavez, More J. Mayweather: Pacquiao is a Gatekeeper, He Won't Beat Crawford! Sulaiman Praises Canelo-Chavez Deal, Still Mulls Special WBC Belt Erislandy Lara Keeps Winning, Keeps Calling For Canelo, Golovkin Mayweather: Dana White Carried My Bags, Now He's a Tough Guy Chavez Sr. Breaks Down His Son's Chances With Canelo, Weight Alexander Povetkin's B-Sample To Be Opened on February 1 Dominic Breazeale vs. Izu Ugonoh is Set For Wilder-Wawrzyk Card Edwin Rodriguez Back in Gym, Will Work on Correcting Mistakes Badou Jack vs. Callum Smith Purse Bid Set For February 17 Mayweather Willing To Help Rousey Improve Her Striking Skills Adrien Broner: Make Numbers Right - I'll Fight Burns in The UK Boxing Coach Arrested, Allegations of Recruiting Militants For ISIS Hearn Calls Mayweather's Robbery Claim 'Rubbish', Still Eyes DeGale-Smith Golovkin-Jacobs: Loeffler Expects Good Numbers For PPV Card Bellew: I'm at 225-Pounds and Training, Not a Poser Like Haye Froch Disagrees With Mayweather on Robbery, Agrees Jack Won Katie Taylor To Fight on Joshua-Klitschko, Possibly Golovkin-Jacobs David Lemieux vs. Curtis Stevens Set For March 11, HBO Joshua vs. Klitschko - Over 80,000 Tickets Sold Team Ramirez: Zurdo Has What it Takes To KO Jack or DeGale! Juan Carlos Payano Eyes Trilogy With Rau'Shee Warren Badou Jack Moving Up To 175-Pounds; Wants Adonis Stevenson Mayweather: Not Looking to Make Gervonta Davis-Lomachenko Badou Jack-James DeGale: Post-Fight Report Card Kell Brook: My Team Wants Me To Go To 154 Pounds Tyrone Nurse: It'll Be Great To Be A Big Attraction Mayweather Believes Broner Can Become The Next PPV Star Qudratillo Abduqaxorov Will Face Viktor Plotnykov on February 10 Trainer: Lara or Charlo Have a Great Chance To Beat Golovkin Dennis Ceylan vs. Isaac Lowe Euro Title Clash on March 18 Lomachenko-Corrales is The Target For April 8 or 15, Says Arum
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement